12 of the World’s Most Scenic Train Trips
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The Glacier Express, Switzerland: The Glacier Express distills the Alpine experience into eight hours of snowy peaks, mountain meadows, and storybook villages between Zermatt and St. Moritz, Switzerland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY OLAF PROTZE, GETTY IMAGES
To many people, travel is all about reaching a destination. With this mindset, they may be tempted to hop on a plane or pack up the car, oblivious to the spectacular sights they'll miss as they zoom toward their target. Hoping to open jet-setters' eyes to alternative ways of traveling, National Geographic has compiled a collection of “The Sixteen Best Train Trips in the World” for their August/September issue of National Geographic Traveler.
The scenic train rides selected by National Geographic offer a diverse look at the world's railway travel. Some, like Europe's dazzling Orient Express, offer views of various metropolises, including London, Paris, and Venice. Others, such as Africa's Shongololo Express, showcase the beauty of wild nature. In addition to eclectic environments and terrains, the list also presents trips of various durations, from daytime journeys, like the 8-hour route of Switzerland's aptly-named Glacier Express, to overnight excursions, including the seven-day passage of India's radiant Royal Rajasthan.
With a wealth of tantalizing trips to choose from, “The Sixteen Best Train Trips in the World” is sure to have a picture-perfect excursion for everyone. To see the full list, be sure to pick up this month's edition of National Geographic Traveler, on newsstands now!
Here, we offer a look at the world's most scenic train rides, as selected by National Geographic Traveler.
The TranzAlpine, New Zealand
Belgrade to Bar, Serbia and Montenegro
The Orient Express, Europe
The Shongololo Express, Africa
The Ghan, Australia
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, India
Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian, Russia
California Zephyr, California
The Canadian, Canada
The Train to the Clouds, Argentina
Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland
Rooms on the Belmond Grand Hibernian look like Georgian-era hotel suites, while cushy observation cars are ideal for viewing green fields and sheep on the way to Cork or Belfast from Dublin.
Photograph Courtesy Belmond Grand Hibernian